Date of release: 17 May 2017
The family of a young patient who sadly passed away aged just four months have returned to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) to give thanks to all the staff on the Children’s Ward who cared for her.
Amber Ivy Mills was born on 16 May 2016. Although a seemingly healthy baby, her development was slower than expected. At her six week check-up, she was admitted to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for further tests.
Amber’s parents, Hayley Blower and Michael Mills, later received the devastating news that she had a very rare genetic condition – Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1.
SMA is a life-limiting condition characterised by muscle weakness, impacting on crawling, walking, arm, hand and neck movement, breathing and swallowing.
Due to complications, Amber passed away in September 2016. Since then, Hayley and Michael, and their family and friends, have courageously helped to raise awareness of SMA, as well as vital funds in aid of the SMA Trust and the teams that helped care for Amber.
Hayley, Michael and members of the family recently attended the Children’s Ward at New Cross Hospital to present staff with a cheque for funds raised in Amber’s memory.
Amber’s Grandmother, Anne Mills, raised £1,260 by hosting a cookie and cake decorating session at Springdale Methodist Church in Warstones. A further £1,100.10 was collected at Amber’s funeral – making a total donation of £2,360.10.
Hayley said: “Michael and I would like to thank Dr Booshan at Penn Medical Centre who initially picked up on some of the difficulties Amber was having and immediately referred her to New Cross for further tests. Thank you also to all of our friends and family for their support with awareness raising and fundraising.”
Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator for the Trust, said: “Losing a loved one, particularly a child, is extremely difficult. We are very grateful for the support received from Hayley and Michael and all of their family and friends.”
For further information please call Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator on 01902 694473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caption: Michael Mills (second from left), Hayley Blower (second from right) and family members presenting the cheque to Senior Matron Julie Plant, Community Sister Dawn Giles, and Ward Manager Karen Allen.